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Scary evening yesterday

My wife is just outside Atlanta visiting her Mother and Sister. Yesterday evening a line of Thunderstorms passed thru the area as I was online IMing with her and several times the Tornado sirens sounded. I also had the NEXRAD radar on my desktop and could see the storm cells descending upon her location. Needless to say I was worried especially since she would not go to the basement saying that she would "go when we see something". I chastised her for looking out of the windows to "see something" and get to the basement.

My wifes Nephew lives approximately 3 miles SW of her Mothers house and took this photo from his front lawn and emailed it as we were all IMing, this prompted my wife to take the threat seriously.

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Scary evening yesterday

I hope your family is all ok. Tornados are nothing to mess with.

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Family is fine, thank you for your concern though.
The Twister shown in the photo never fully developed and lifted back into the cloud about 2 seconds after the photo was taken.
I have a series of four photos taken in rapid succession, about 3 seconds apart, but didn't post them. They do reveal how quickly these things can develop though.
There were, however, several Tornadoes in this system that did touch down with deadly effects.
One that came just north of my wife's Mothers home traveled into Douglasville but thankfully, no one was injured.

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Scary evening yesterday

Wow! Glad to hear all is well with you Jtap!

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I don't know what to say. We still have snow on the ground. But I'm glad things turned out OK -- that's a close call.

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Atleast these storms are over in a few hours.
Nothing like a Mountain exploding onto you !!! That last for months or years.
Is that thing still erupting?
Are you anywhere near it?

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Redoubt is still rumbling. It's around 350 miles away, so it doesn't affect us much except for when the ash heads toward Anchorage and affects their airport (Anchorage is pretty close and usually downwind). Our weather people noticed a few flecks of ash one day after a big eruption, but nothing you could see. It all depends on the winds. Most of the time low-level winds will blow one way, and high-level winds will go another. To get up here, it'd have to be a big eruption and there would have to be some pretty strong southerly winds to carry anything this far north.

Overall, the mountain's been pretty quiet -- last major eruption was on the 4th, and it's been building a lava dome. Typically, during periods of activity it builds a dome, only to have it collapse occasionally -- leading to big eruptions. Then the cycle starts again until it goes back to sleep.

I'm headed to Anchorage this weekend, so Murphy's Law says it'll blow big time while we're down there.

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Scary evening yesterday

Glad your family is ok

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Scary evening yesterday

I'm not sure what's more impressive, the storm, or the digital (digital camera -> email -> im) pathway to tell your wife "Told you so!".

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Scary evening yesterday

Remember that, bit, the next time you might want to lamblast me on something. Yes
This is my life !! Brick Wall,)

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Man am i glad i live in Arizona Glad it didnt touch down!!

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